In the Chronicles of the kings, there were evil ones who did their own thing. They led their people into sin. There were good kings who did right in the eyes of the Lord. Very few finished well because of pride.
Solomon started well but turned aside. 1 Kings 11:6 says, “Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord.”
Asa started well, but made a treaty with an evil king instead of seeking the Lord for deliverance.
Jehoshaphat faithfully served the Lord, but in the end he allied himself with a wicked king.
Joash was seven years old when he became king. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He was tutored by Jehoiada the priest. He set his heart and repaired the temple. He did not end well.
Here is a warning for us. Galatians 3:1 Paul said, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth…” Verse 3 says, “Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?”
Proverbs 4 has great admonition for us. Verse 20-21 says, “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.”
Verse 23. Guard your heart. Verse 25. Look straight ahead. Verse 26-27 says, “Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left, remove your foot from evil.”
Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh and strength to your bones.”
Evil is doing anything in our own strength, being wise in our own eyes, or departing from the Lord by NOT depending on Him first. Here is a governor verse in my life. 1 Samuel 12:21 says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.”